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2013 Recreational Fishing Rules Concise Explanatory Statement
Fish & Wildlife Commission
Meeting Feb. 8-9, 2013

2013 – 2014 Sportfishing Rule Proposals – Briefing and Public Hearing. Audio available.

Sportfishing Rule Changes for 2013-2014

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Reference ID: DFW372870

Original Rule Proposal     See comments

Reference ID: DFW372870
Recreational Opportunities      Submission Type: WDFW Staff
Rules Category:
Puget Sound Region Freshwater
Species covered in proposed rule
 • Bass
 • Crappie
 • Perch
 • Trout
 • Other

Other Description
Bluegill.
Rule to Change:
Long Lake (Thurston Co.) Open Last Saturday in Apr-Oct 31
New Rule Proposal:
Long Lake (Thurston Co.) Open Year-Round
Why the change is needed:
Offer fishing opportunity in downtown setting where none currently exists. Several lakes are located within the city limits of Lacey and Olympia but most are managed as Opening Day trout fisheries. Additionally, hatcheries are having a difficult time getting all of the fish into lakes within a few weeks of the opener. This change would give hatchery staff flexibility when stocking year round waters and could reduce predation by birds by stocking the other opening day managed waters closer to the opener. The lake is also offers excellent fishing for warmwater that could be targeted year-round.
Names of individuals or groups with whom you have discussed this change:
Steve Caromile, Warmwater Fish Biologist, WDFW.
Describe their support and/or concerns:
No input given
Submitted by: LARRY , PHILLIPS  — ,

Date submitted: 06/08/2012

WDFW Rule Proposal Recommendation

Recommended for Public Comment     Reference ID: DFW372870

Rule Change Recommendation Short Title
Convert Long Lake to a year-round fishery

Rules Category
Puget Sound Region Freshwater

Type of Rule Change Proposal
Recreational

County or Location Information
Thurston County

Short Description
Eliminate this lake as an opening day water and make it a year-round fishery.

Explanation
Several lakes are located within the city limits of Lacey and Olympia but most are managed as Opening Day trout fisheries. Opening this lake year-round offers a fishing opportunity in a downtown setting where none currently exists. Additionally, hatcheries are having a difficult time getting all of the fish into lakes within a few weeks of the opener. This change would give hatchery staff flexibility when stocking year-round waters and could reduce predation by birds by stocking the other opening day managed waters closer to the opener. The lake also offers excellent fishing for warmwater fish that could be targeted year-round.

Original Rule Proposal Number(s)
DFW372870

Online Public Comments

Online public comments submitted for this proposal can be found here.